The 3DTV buzz gained momentum at the Consumer Electronics Showcase with the announcement that ESPN will launch a 3D network this summer.
“ESPN 3D will showcase a minimum of 85 live sporting events during its first year, beginning June 11 with the first 2010 FIFA World Cup match, featuring South Africa vs. Mexico”, ESPN and ABC Sports president George Bodenheimer announced. in a press release.
The announcement also stated that ESPN will broadcast up to 85 live events in 3D, including the 2011 BCS National Championship Game, several college basketball and football games, 25 World Cup matches and the Summer X Games.
Announcements will be made later this year as to which games and/or shows will be in 3D. As an Around the Horn fan, I don’t know if I can handle Jay Mariotti in 3D.
It will be safe to assume that the only way to see these broadcasts will be at a 3D capable movie theatre. Although it is rumored that DirecTV will be launching 3D channels at CES, so ESPN 3D could be seen in your living room.
And yes, it will probably need special 3D glasses.